Lexical frequency profiles: From Monte Carlo to the real world: A response to Meara (2005)

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Abstract

This paper is a response to Paul Meara's (2005) critique of the Lexical Frequency Profile (LFP). Using simulated data, he challenges the claim that LFP is a sensitive and reliable tool for assessing vocabulary use in L2 speakers. In my response to his paper, I discuss the nature of lexical competence, in light of which LFP results should be interpreted. I question the robustness of computer generated artificial data on which the critique of LFP is based, and I show that Meara's criticisms contain various misrepresentations of our original work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-588
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Linguistics
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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